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February 4, 2019

Re: Letter of Support for Kota Takayama

Dr. Elizabeth Moore, Chair

Department of Social Work
800 Florida Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Dear Chair Moore:

I am writing a letter of support of Kota Takayama’s application for his faculty position promotion from
Instructor to Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work. It is an pleasant and uncomplicated
task to write a high recommendation for his application.

I have known Mr. Takayama for almost ten years. We are currently working together on our research
projects. One of our two research projects, which is entitled “Transfer of Learning from Collegiate Deaf
and Hard of Hearing Graduates to their Employment Outcomes: An Exploratory Study”, is now in the
final stage for publishing in a peer-review journal. Another research project is currently undertaken with
the National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NASADHH) that is focused
on education and employment outcomes of adults who are deaf and hard of hearing in America.

Mr. Takayama has demonstrated remarkably in his responsibility and dedication to our study. He
distinguishes himself in my research projects by his ability and character. He is the type of person who
loves learning and participating in discussions and research projects. He works with high commitment to
his study with a smile on his face. Kota is a team player with a genuine caring for others. It should come
as no surprise that he is well-liked and admired by his peers. His talent and motivations are not limited to
our research projects but also completed all assignments due by deadlines. He is brilliant in analytical,
interpersonal, and statistical skills in a timely fashion. He has excellent communication abilities in
American Sign Language and Japanese Sign Language.

Mr. Takaya is a loyal and clear-sighted person who has ability to carry tasks and make decisions
independently. He handles himself with a confidence, attending to participate in group discussions in a
clear, friendly, and unaffected manner. Kota has good judgment and rationales for which he has an
active, diverse, and encouraging life.

In short, Mr. Takayama’s caliber of character is well-respected and known for his honestly, calm, and
kindness. He will be a committed and creative faculty. I highly recommend him for his job promotion.
Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Sincerely yours,

Mark J. Myers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

800 Florida Avenue, NE • Washington, DC 20002-3695